Our District 7070 newsletter is meant to keep everyone in our Rotary family up to date on latest news from around the Rotary world, from the clubs in our District, from the various committees in District 7070 and beyond. We send it out to all active Rotarians and post it on to our District Facebook page. We ask that you share this letter and keep our entire Rotary family and friends informed. Make sure they all get a copy. The deadline for your story submissions is always 4 days prior to the end of the month. Check out our District 7070 Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram accounts and our District 7070 website for the latest news about Rotary here in southern Ontario and around the world. 



Send In Your Stories and Photos for the Next Edition:

Please send your Rotary Club stories (deadline is always 4 days prior to the end of the month) to our District  Public Image Chair, Dave Andrews at

A suggestion to the  District Leadership Team, Assistant Governors and Committee Chairs : Send in a story about what your committee is doing and tell our clubs how they can connect with you. 

A suggestion to 2023-24 Club Presidents: There is a place in the Newsletter for News from Clubs. What have you accomplished that you would like to announce to everyone in the District?





District Governor John Burns' October 2023 Newsletter

In his October 2023 Newsletter, District 7070 Governor John Burns, Agent 7070, talks about his club vists in September and the Learn To Lead Zone 28 & 32 Conference in Toronto with members of his District Team. As he gets ready for more club visits in October, he urges us to register TODAY for the Rotary Foundation Walk in October 15 , and the In-Person Live World Polio Day Event at Durham College on Oct 19 and has asked everyone to make a donation, no matter the size,  to the Polio Plus Fund. He invites everyone to join him at Toronto City Hall on Oct 20 for the World Polio Day Flag raising and hopes to see everyone at the District Conference Oct 20-22.............

Rotary International President Gordon McInally's October 2023 Message

In President Gordon McInally's  October 2023 Message, he reminds us that October 10 is World mental Health Day and encourages each Rotary Club to help. He cites two projects and asks us to go to Rotary Showcase for even more examples. On October 10 President Gordon will be hosting a Facebook Live event when Rotary will recognize World Mental Health Day and further explore how Rotary members can begin this journey.He suggests that right now, there is someone you know in the Rotary world who could use a little more of your time and attention. Rotary is this great gift of global friendship and that also means being there for each other.  ...............

Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation Barry Rassin's October 2023 Newsletter

In the Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (and Rotary International Past President)  Barry Rassin's October 2023 Newsletter, Barry asks all of us to renew our commitment to our top humanitarian gold on World Polio Day. Despite these challenges, Barry notes that we are making progress. Poliovirus strains are diminishing, as is the number of affected regions where polio once prevailed. A new vaccine we have introduced reduces the incidence of the circulating vaccinederived virus type 2. He add, "We must have the tenacity to see it to the finish line". He encourages all of us to join our Polio Plus Society and promote Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio form the world. ..........

The October 2023 video from Drew Kessler, Rotary International Director, Zone 28 & 32 

To embrace current technology and to be a resource to all members of Zone’s 28/32, the current newsletter is being transitioned to an interactive blog style format that will be managed and moderated by the Zone leadership team. Look for the "In The Zone" October 2023 video from Drew Kessler, our Rotary International Director, (available on October 1, 2023), in the October 2023 District 7070 Newsletter version that will be published on our District website and on the Rotary Zone 28 and 32 website . ....... Please Read more...



Recognize People for Their Committment to Service - Rotary Service Awards Guide

Does your club or district have members who’ve been especially committed to service? Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation offer various awards you can use to recognize members, nonmembers, alumni, and clubs for the impact they make. Use the new Rotary’s Service Awards guide to learn who is eligible for each award, when nominations need to be submitted, and more. Recognizing the hard work of people in your club or district can engage members and nonmembers alike, raise awareness of Rotary, and show that we value people who make a difference. Start planning now to ensure that deserving people in your area know that they’re appreciated.

Rotary's All-Member Survey Coming in November

Rotary's All-Member Survey Is Coming in November. This is your chance to tell Rotary International what you like, what you don't like, and what you want from your Rotary Membership. To make sure you receive the survey, update your email address at


Rotary Magazine Photo Awards Return in June 2024 - Submit Your Photos by December 31, 2023

The Rotary Magazine Photo Awards return in the June 2024 issue. It’s your opportunity to share your vision of the world, be it in glorious color or
classic black and white. Members of Rotary and their families may submit photos between October 1 and December 31. But don’t wait: Send us your images today. Submit your photos at


District 7070 Conference - Oct 20 to 23, 2023 - Register TODAY


OCTOBER 20 - 22, 2023      Towne Place Suites Oshawa by Marriott



2024 Rotary International Convention - Singapore - May 24 - 29, 2024

The Rotary International Convention: Unforgettable moments, enduring relationships. The Rotary International Convention is where you’ll find people of action from around the world brainstorming solutions to some of the most pressing challenges and celebrating our works of service that create lasting change. The convention is where you’ll renew connections, discover fresh perspectives, and create unforgettable moments and enduring relationships.

  Please Read more ......



In Memory of our Rotarians 

It is always with great sadness when we loose members of our District 7070 Rotary family. Everyone in District 7070 wants to expresses their deepest sympathies to our extended Rotary family. Please send your notices to Newsletter Editor Dave Andrews at .....





District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair Bob Wallace's October 2023 Newsletter

In his October 2023 letter to Rotarians,  Past District Governor Bob Wallace, Chair of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee, encourages every Rotarian to set and meet their club and personal goals and make a conscious effort to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, whatever you can afford, to the Annual Programs Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, the Disaster Response Fund, and to the Endowment Fund. .......

Rotary Foundation Walk - Oct 15, 2023 - YOU ARE INVITED  - PLEASE REGISTER TODAY

Welcome to the annual Rotary District 7070 Foundation Walk. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a great walk, fellowship with new and old friends and to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. The Walk will happen rain or shine. On October 15, 2023 from 10AM to 2 PM at The Milne Dam Conservation Park,  8251 McCowan Road, Markham, ON. A lunch will be served. Please register today and start collecting pledges from your friends  and Rotarians.

Use these forms to help make that donation:

Donate Directly to The Rotary Foundation (Here)

Non Rotarian Donor Form (Here)

Multiple Rotarian Donor Form (Here)

Rotarian Donor Form (Here)


Please Read more to see this year's Poster.....

Announcing The Morocco Earthquake Response Fund of The Rotary Foundation - YOU can Help Communities In Morocco  TODAY

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary continually takes action to help communities in need. Because you are a Rotary leader, we want you to be among the first to know that The Rotary Foundation has established a temporary Morocco Earthquake Response Fund to support immediate assistance efforts through disaster response grants. We’ll begin fundraising efforts soon to finance the grants, which will be available specifically to areas affected by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake on 8 September that killed several thousand people, injured even more, and destroyed an estimated 50,000 homes........

How You Can Help Rotarians Help the People of the Okanagan BC Fires

District Governors Shirley-Pat (D5040), David (D5050) and Marjolein (D5060) send greetings, hugs and positive thoughts throughout BC and Washington State. As you are aware, our members are experiencing yet another devastating fire season. Even beyond the borders of our Districts, our hearts ache for those in Northwest Territories, Eastern Washington and Hawaii who are also dealing with horrific fires causing the evacuation of entire cities and the devastating loss of their homes and structures. Many have also lost loved ones. We send our deepest condolences to them.

We would like to sincerely thank the first responders, firefighters, police, emergency services and the hundreds of volunteers who are fighting the fires. We are grateful to those who are keeping the evacuated areas safe, assisting those who are displaced from their homes. We are blessed by those who are simply doing their very best to support those who are going through a very challenging time. The strength and resilience of our communities is one of the reasons why many of us joined Rotary. ........

Rotarians in Maui Are Needing Our Help

Maui No Ka Oi

August 9, 2023 was a tragic day for our Rotarians, families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. Truly devastating. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.

As people of action, we can take immediate action. As we come together to recover and rebuild, we need to support each other. We need to Create Hope for Maui.

Through our Rotary District 5000 Foundation, a relief fund has been established. Foundation President Dave Hamil and Treasurer Sharon Amano will handle all donations. A committee will be organized shortly to find the greatest needs for distribution of monies. A single fund will be the most helpful over time to provide the most significant benefits. Please consider donating to this special fund, Maui Fires Relief Fund.

Mahalo to the Rotary Club of Waikiki for collecting monies at their lunch meeting today. These are the first contributions to the fund. Please also widely share this opportunity to help. Stay safe, take care and mahalo for creating hope.  


Mark Merriam, District Governor

Rotary District 5000, Hawaii, USA
Your Help Is Needed for Those Devastated By the Fires in Yellowknife 

District 7070 Governor John Burns has received requests from a few District Governors in Canada regarding the evacuation of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories due to the wildfires. For those of you who may not know, we have two clubs in Yellowknife and a club in Hay River, who have all been evacuated. 

From District 5370 Governor Brett Collingwood: Here in Edmonton we are working with the city of Edmonton in offering supplies and/or volunteer support where needed for the evacuation centres. Here is a message that I circulated to all of the members in District 5370 indicating where they may provide financial relief support to the Northwest Territories.  Clubs and Rotarians in District 7070 may wish to help out..... Please Read more.....

REGISTER NOW FOR THE NOVEMBER 18, 2023 - Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar

On Saturday, November 18, 2023, the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee will hold a Grants Management Seminar about the Rotary Foundation and its grants program. The seminar will be held at the Oshawa and District Shrine Hall, 1626 Simcoe St. N, Oshawa.

Please register TODAY

Members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs who attend the full program will meet the qualification requirements for both the current Rotary year and the 2024-25 year. The alternative will be completing the modules and quizzes found on the District’s website.  Clubs must also submit Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to the District for each year. 

For all of the details, please Read more.....

Updated Rotary Foundation Grants Guide Helps You Apply For Grants

Grant Responsibilities by Leader is an updated guide to help club and district leaders understand their roles in qualifying for Foundation grants and taking part in district, global, and disaster response grants. The guide provides clear lists of the tasks for a district governor, district Rotary Foundation chair, club president, or chair of a grants, stewardship, scholarship, or vocational training team subcommittee. There’s also a list of Learning Center resources for each role. Download the guide today to better understand your role in the grant process.


Here is How YOU can JOIN the NEW Rotary District 7070 Paul Harris Society

Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Rotarians in District 7070 have been committed to The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation. You should be proud of the difference that Rotary have made in the lives of millions of people throughout the world by the project funded by The Rotary Foundation.

I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds for The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

We are inviting you to join our efforts to continue for The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  To become a member of the District 7070 Paul Harris Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $1000 USD or more to The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

We hope that with your commitment in joining the District 7070 Paul Harris Society, we will make a significant difference in our world.

To sign up go to


Bob Wallace

Past District Governor

Chair, District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee


Here is the Weekly Update on Polio Eradication from Rotary & GPEI - Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Follow the latest news on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, every week. Here is a link to the latest cases - updated every week. See the country-specific section and more details, right here at   For the headlines. please Read more.....

Resources for Polio Awareness and Fundraising
Here is How YOU can JOIN the NEW Rotary District 7070 Polio Plus Society

Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Rotarians in District 7070 have been committed over the past nearly 40 years to raising funds to immunize children worldwide and our efforts are paying off.  You should be proud of the difference that Rotary has made in the lives of millions of children by eliminating this dreadful disease.

I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds to finish Rotary’s number one initiative of eradicating polio.  Rotary is still committed to raising $50 million a year for this effort.

As such, we are launching the District 7070 Polio Plus Society and are inviting you to join our efforts to continue to raise funds to eradicate polio.  To become a member of the District 7070 Polio Plus Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $100 USD or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund until the last two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are certified free of the wild polio virus. 

For more information and to sign up go to


Bob Wallace

Past District Governor

Chair - District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee


REGISTER NOW - October 19 for World Polio Day LIVE Broadcast from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario CANADA

YOU ARE INVITED..... We are working on the final details for  OCTOBER 19, 2023 - 06:00 pm to 8:30 pm - when the 11 Durham Region Rotary Clubs (plus the Rotary Club of Port Hope) invite YOU to join us LIVE IN-PERSON OR LIVE ON-LINE in the Rotary Global Classroom in the Centre for Collaborative Education at Durham College where we will celebrate World Polio Day with leaders from around the world, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood, and Durham College. 

YOU CAN JOIN US LIVE IN PERSON STARTING AT 5:45 PM - ONLY 100 SEATS AVAILABLE:  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN : Cash bar and a light lunch will be served. Cost (by cash or by cheque) has been reduced to $ 35.00 per person, AND a portion - $ 10.00 - will be donated to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund and will be credited to your next Paul Harris Fellow. Spouses, guests and prospective members are invited. REGISTER TODAY. 




Back by popular demand for 2023-24 is the Rotary District 7070 End Polio Now Flag Photo Contest. We want all District 7070 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to send a maximum of 5 fun, interesting and unique photos from their respective clubs of End Polio Now flag in their community. Randy Nickerson (third place winner of the Rotary International Photo Contest in 2020-21) will judge the best photo. The winning club will receive a $100 donation to The Rotary Foundation Polio Fund in the club’s name. The winning club will receive a plaque as winners of the 2023 End Polio Now Photo Contest. The cheque and the plaque will be presenetd by District Governor John Burns on October 19 LIVE during the Rotary District 7070 World Polio Day LIVE from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. Deadline for photo submission is Tuesday Oct 17 at 3 pm to Randy Nickerson at

Rotary's Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-26 - "Delivering On A Promise" to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio

In 2020, the GPEI  launched a revision of the strategy for polio eradication. Partners and stakeholders collectively identified remaining obstacles to polio eradication, in order to inform a revised and strengthened plan. They then developed optimal approaches to reaching the goal, adapted to the global health context and based on lessons learned.

The strengthened plan aims to achieve and sustain a polio-free world through a focus on implementation and accountability.  Emphasis will be on cutting outbreak response times; increasing vaccine demand; transforming campaign effectiveness; working systematically through integration; increasing access in inaccessible areas; transitioning towards government ownership; and improving decision-making and accountability.

Many of the new tactics and strengthened approaches outlined in this plan are already operational, and the plan will officially replace the current Polio Endgame Strategy in January 2022.......

Rotary Leaders Ask Us to Join Them for "Focus On Polio" Webinar on World Polio Day  October 24, 2023 - Register TODAY for the Webinar that starts at 6 pm

We are all invited by The Rotary Foundation to Join Brenda Cressy (Past Rotary Foundation Trustee), Barry Rassin (Current Chair of the Rotary Foundation and Past Rotary International President)  and Jennifer Jones (Past Rotary International president and cureenr member of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Foundation), who are doing a webinar as they ask all of us to FOCUS ON POLIO in World Polio Day, October 24, 2023 starting at 6 pm. They are asking us to learn some exciting news and updates.

Here is the link to register:

Please Read more to view the poster for more details.....

Here is How You Can Create Your Personal Rotary Foundation Fundraiser  - It's Called "RAISE FOR ROTARY" 

Raise for Rotary is a platform that allows individuals, clubs, and districts to create online fundraisers that benefit The Rotary Foundation. It is a great way to celebrate personal events and special occasions. Organizers can share their fundraisers through social media, email, and text, so family, friends, colleagues, and supporters can donate online...... Please Read more....



How Healthy is YOUR Club ? - Time for a Check Up - Here's A Checklist


Just as routine doctor visits help people identify health risks before they become serious, Rotary’s club health check can diagnose problem areas and prescribe remedies. Club leaders will find a checklist to assess their club’s well-being in the areas of club experience, service and social events, members, image, and business and operations, along with an array of resources to treat any problem areas. Regularly consulting those resources can help maintain your club’s health and preserve its value for club members and the community. A few examples follow, but review the entire document through the website listed below to ensure you’re taking full advantage of these valuable tools.

Assess your club’s well-being at   Please Read more.....

Please ADD the "JOIN US" OR "INTERESTED IN JOINING US?" Button onto your Club Website  - It Really Works

Past District Governor Mike Cooksey once told me that if you want more Rotary members, you have to ask. He told everyone he saw to "Get your Ask in Gear". His words certainly reflect one of the Strategic Plans that District 7070 has . Our goal is to receive 100 inquires from  the "Join Us" or "Interested In Joining Us?" button on the District 7070 Website. Here is our challenge to your club:  By the end of this Rotary year we want over 40 Rotary Clubs have a "Join Us" or "Interested In Joining Us?" button on their own club website AND for your club to have a "member conversion process" from these inquiries.  It's up to you.

If you have been already been part of the District 7070 Website Refresh Program, then you will remember Melissa Wells talking about adding a "Join Us" button to the front page of your club website.  This is your way of "asking" anyone who sees your website to learn more about Rotary and join your club. 

Past District Governor Bob Wallace of our District 7070 Technology Team did this to our District Website. Instead of "Join Us" , Bob put an "Interested in Joining Us" button right up front on the menu tab. To see how we have done , Please Read more........

Do YOU Have A Plan AND a Process to Connect With Prospective Members? - Take a Look

Early in the new year,  Rotary International sees a big increase in inquiries about joining Rotary. District and club leaders: Remember to follow up with these prospective members to ensure that they have a positive experience. You can gain a better understanding of how to turn leads into members by taking the Online Membership Leads course. Use the Refer a new member form if you know someone who might be interested in joining. The updated form allows all Rotary members to refer a prospective member to their own club or to a different club.

Do YOU Have a Plan to Tackle These Challenges: Attracting New Members, Keeping Them Engaged, Finding Ways to Contribute to You Community  ?

Many clubs face challenges related to three things: attracting new members, keeping members engaged, and finding meaningful ways to contribute to their communities. Use the Club Planning Assistant to get tailored advice for addressing your club’s challenges. Club leaders, you’ll receive an instant response with links to the resources we recommend to help you address your club’s most pressing challenges. You can then build these suggested strategies into your club’s membership plan.

Here are Some Resources to Help Increase Your Club's Value

New and different club models will attract diverse leaders to Rotary. Rotary clubs continue to demonstrate their value by staying connected to members and responding to changing needs in the community. Read about clubs around the world who are finding ways to adapt to new challenges and meeting onlineUse these resources to increase your club's value:......


Welcome to the brand new section in our District newsletter. Our Past District Governor Iosif Ciosa is our District Training Chair and he wants to give every member of the Rotary famiy in District 7070 the best possible opportunity to learn more about Rotary and your leadership opportunities.   Be sure to drop by this section each month to see what new training / eadership opportunities are in store for you. 

Here is Our Rotary District 7070 Training and Learning Action Plan for 2023-24

Welcome to your Rotary District 7070 Training & Learning in the 2023-24 Rotary year. The District 7070 Training/Learning committee is bringing all training/learning sessions under one umbrella.

  • The traning/learining sessions (events) on the district website are one colour – red

  • A form to be used by our District Committees when putting together a training/learning session to tell you all about the training session. This form (see the attached form in the next story in this newsletter) will be sent to Iosif and to Bob Wallace posting on to the District website

  • We have also created  a NEW  section in the Monthly District Newsletter that will show the training/learning session in the upcoming month

  • District Governor John Burns will also add any training / leraning sessions to his weekly message. 

Please Read more to see just some of the future training learning sessions already planned for YOU....

Training & Learning 2023-24 Description Form

To District 7070 Committees:       From: Committee Chair: Iosif Ciosa

Training/Learning 2023/2024 Description Form

Here is the Training/Learning Description Form that we would like you to fill out and sent to Iosif Ciosa when you create the training  / learning event that we will put on the District Website.

You may attach pictures, flyers, artwork or graphics (please make sure that pictures or graphics are not copywritten and are royalty free).

Please Read more to see the form.....

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – We’re Zooming Again in Fall of 2023-24!  - PART TWO Starts October 11 - REGISTER TODAY

For the fall of 2023-24, we are staying with our Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) programming in the virtual format.  Although we all appreciate that videoconference will never replace the personal connection that we get from meeting face-to-face, RLI is a very successful program with overwhelming response and enthusiasm from Rotarians across the District. Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self. 

Click here to register for Part 1: Session 1 on  Wed Sept 13, Session 2 on Wed Sept 20, Session 3 on Wed Sept 27

Click here to register for Part 2: Session 1 on  Wed Oct 11, Session 2 on Wed Oct 18,  Session 3 on Wed Oct 25

Click here to register for Part 3: Session 1 on  Wed Nov 8, Session 2 on Wed Nov 15, Session 3 on Wed Nov 22

Public Image & Technology Team  Workshop for District 7070 Clubs - CANCELLED 

Based on your Club's Website and Social media, would YOU join your club?

That is what prospective members are viewing today. 

Due to the lack of registrations, the 2023-24 joint Public Image / Technology Workshop has been cancelled.

However, we will be adding a new series of one-hour learning sessions in the new year, Please stay tuned. 


REGISTER NOW FOR THE NOVEMBER 18, 2023 - Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar

On Saturday, November 18, 2023, the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee will hold a Grants Management Seminar about the Rotary Foundation and its grants program. The seminar will be held at the Oshawa and District Shrine Hall, 1626 Simcoe St. N, Oshawa.

Please register TODAY:

Members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs who attend the full program will meet the qualification requirements for both the current Rotary year and the 2024-25 year. The alternative will be completing the modules and quizzes found on the District’s website.  Clubs must also submit Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to the District for each year......



October is Economic and Community Development Month

Economic and Community Development is one of the Seven Areas of Focus that Rotary has asked all clubs to focus on, especially in October.

What is your club doing? If you are looking for ideas , or wish Chair Khalid Hasan to speak to your club, please contact our very own District 7070 Areas of Focus Action Committee: Community Economic Development.   Chair - Khalid Hasan, Rotary Club of North York Email: Phone: (647) 537-2444

 Please Read more for some ideas.......

Add Your Projects to Rotary Showcase - Get Your Project Noticed (Worldwide) - They Will Automatically Become Part of our District 7070 Project Board

Richard Mewhinney met with PDG Ron Dick, PDG Bob Wallace, and Prince Kumar to initiate a trial of a project board utilizing the Rotary Showcase as a platform. We need the help of every club in District 7070 to add projects to the Rotary Showcase. They will not only appear on the Project Database for the entre Rotary world to see (and perhaps help you with your project) but also act as part of our Rotary District 7070 Project Board. In 2023-24, if your club is looking to receive a Rotary Citation, your service projects have to go into Rotary Showcase.

Log into MyRotary , go to the online tools and click Rotary Showcase. Rotary members and program participants are improving lives in communities around the world every day through thousands of service projects. Explore the good work that we’re doing locally and globally, and share these projects through social media.

Rotary Delegates to  Attend Conference On Climate Change COP 28

Rotary International will send a delegation of members to the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP28, to be held November 30 to December 12, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will be the third time that Rotary participates in the annual conference in this way. The environment is one of Rotary’s areas of focus, and members hope their involvement will emphasize the importance of contributing to global climate action.

The delegation wants to know about other Rotary members who will be at the conference. If you plan to attend, please tell them through a form on the Association of Rotary Clubs - UAE website.

Need Help With YOUR Next Service Project ? - Here are 5 Webinar Sessions NOW Available - From Rotary International

Rotary International's five-part webinar series, designed to support you as you cultivate effective and sustainable projects, is now available on demand. Watch any of the five sessions for tools and strategies to help you plan, implement, and evaluate your projects.

Rotary District 7070 Peace Forum 2024  - "Harmonizing Hearts and Hands for Peace"  -  on Zoom on February 22, 2024  at 6:00 p.m.

Dear Rotarians

I am absolutely thrilled to extend to you a warm and heartfelt invitation to join us at the upcoming Rotary Peace Forum, themed "Harmonizing Hearts and Hands for Peace," taking place on February 22, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (Please register on the District 7070 website at ).  Imagine being part of a gathering where distinguished humanitarians and industry leaders from across the globe unite under the inspiring theme of "Harmonizing Hearts and Hands for Peace." This theme encapsulates our belief that creating lasting peace is a harmonious effort that requires the unity of compassionate hearts and capable hands......


Shelterbox Canada News 

Please welcome  Ally Buck, the new Rotary and Community Fundraising Coordinator with ShelterBox Canada (taking over Meg’s role). She has been getting settled into her new position over the last few weeks and is looking forward to getting to know the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians that support ShelterBox. She is originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia where she attended the Nova Scotia Community College’s Social Services/Community Development program. In 2018 she relocated to Kingston, Ontario to attend Queen’s University where she graduated with her BA in Global Development Studies last June.

In her June 2023 Newsletter, Ally provides an update on how Rotararact  and Shelterbox are working in Turkiye. Here's more of her newsletter.....


News from Honouring Indigenous People

Here is the latest Honouring Indigenous People Rotary News and Events, projects, blogs, photos, films, and resources. There are many major initiatives and resources available to you and your Rotary club. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is Bill Empey from the Rotary Club of Toronto   If you have a good news story, or want to help starting a project, please contact Bill. Here are some news highlights .........


News from the WASHRAG (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Rotary Action Group

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASHRAG  / WASH Rag Newsletters at  .  Visit us at: .View our videos at: WASH Rotary Action Group YouTube Channel .Follow us on Facebook at: WASH Rotary Action Group . Please Read More.......
Be Sure to DOWNLOAD  - The Areas of Focus Guide - Learn How to Create Innovative Projects

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. Our areas of focus address some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs.

Download the updated areas of focus guide and learn about the many opportunities to carry out innovative projects that will make an impact.

District 7070 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee - Invites YOU to Join

Your Rotary District 7070 Diversity Equity & Inclusion  (DEI) Committee is welcoming members. If you would like to join a committee that is actively working to celebrate the rich diversity we have in our district and strive to create more inclusive clubs, please get in touch with Shauna Moore -


Interested in helping our district youth exchange program ?  Want to make lifelong friendships?  Here's How...

Attention - Rotarians and Rotoractors!
Interested in helping our district youth?  Want to make lifelong friendships? 
The District Rotary Youth Exchange Committee welcomes you to join us!  We meet monthly to select and support our District’s Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound and Outbound Students.  Contact PDG Beth Selby ( or Trevor Hagerman (

Attention Rotaract Club Presidents - Are YOU Now Reporting Your  Rotaract club officers to Rotary International?

Rotaract club presidents are now able to report current and incoming secretaries, treasurers, and committee chairs to Rotary International. Reporting these appointments will help assure your club leaders get the latest news and resources to support club-led activities. Log in to My Rotary and access the Club Administration section of your account.

More Than 640 Clubs Earn the Rotaract Giving Certificate

Congratulations to the more than 640 Rotaract clubs that earned the 2022-23 Rotaract Giving Certificate! This award recognizes clubs whose members have contributed a total of at least US$100 to The Rotary Foundation during the year. Each club will receive a certificate signed by 2022-23 Trustee Chair Ian H.S. Riseley. These clubs contributed more than US$242,000 to the Foundation last year, nearly triple the approximately US$87,000 raised in 2021-22. The number of the clubs that achieved the certificate also reached a new high, more than double the 313 that earned it in the previous year. Since 2019-20, Rotaractors have contributed more than US$438,500 through the certificate program to our Foundation, which supports the life-changing work of members around the world.

Download the list of clubs that achieved the certificate in 2022-23.


Prioritizing Rotary's Public Image

As a Rotary member, you play an important role in shaping the public image of your club or of Rotary. Our public image is determined by our members’ actions and impact. Rotary’s Brand Center has resources to help you share your stories and promote your impact to your community:

Speakers' Corner - WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS - All We Need is Your Input

Looking For A Place to Find Speakers?   Got a good Speaker you have recently heard?  Well, you've come to the right place!

We want this to be a great resource for speakers for your club. The speakers listed have been all recommended by clubs in our District. The list will be updated often, so you may want to "bookmark" this page! Speakers are listed by category as shown on the District 7070 website "Speakers Corner" page under the Our Work Tab.  

Just follow the instructions on the Speakers Corner Page and then contact Rotary District 7070 Public Image Chair Dave Andrews at with the speakers (and their info on this form) that you wish to add to Speaker's Corner for all of the clubs to enjoy.

OUR GOAL: We would like to see each club in our District recommend at least one speaker that other clubs would just love to hear. Please use the form and send it to Dave TODAY. Let's really build a significant Speaker's Corner.

Note: The Speakers Corner Page is only accessible by Rotarians and Rotaractors with a clubrunner ID and password and not available to the general public . (to respect the privacy to the speakers who have volunteered to speak to other Clubs) 

Ideas Your Club Can Use to Strengthen Rotary's Brand

Here are a few ideas from Rotary International for strengthen Rotary's brand...

Making Rotary's public image a priority:

As a Rotary public image advocate, you help others understand who we are and how we make a difference. Publicizing your club’s efforts and sharing the impact you make helps attract members, volunteers, and donors. Thank you for making public image a priority and strengthening Rotary's brand.

Brand News is a newsletter about public image and branding sent quarterly to Rotary leaders. If you know someone who would like to receive it, please have them write to


Club Website Refresh Program for 2023-24 - Get Your Club Noticed - Prospective Members are Checking You Out - SIGN UP TODAY 

To Rotarians in District 7070:

It's TIME TO GET YOUR CLUB NOTICED. Prospective members are checking YOU out - What will they see? Don't be left behind.  REGISTER TODAY. To assist the Rotary Clubs of District 7070 GET NOTICED, at the request of District Governor John Burns, the District Public Relations Committee is continuing the Rotary Club ClubRunner Website Refresh Program and Promotional Half Back Discount. THIS PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CLUB in 2023-24. Thirty-one of our District 7070 Rotary clubs have already completed the refresh program. These  club websites are getting noticed by the public and by their potential members who are checking them out. When a prospective member looks to join a club, they look at YOUR club website. GET YOUR CLUB WEBSITE REFRESHED - REGISTER TODAY.  Please Read more.......

Have you seen the NEW Course on Promoting Rotary On Social Media" IT IS NOW AVAILABLE In The Rotary Learning Centre

About The Course:   Social media offers a powerful way to promote Rotary and your club to people who are already involved, as well as to partner organizations, possible donors, and prospective members. Learn the basics of using various social media platforms and how to create posts that will connect with people.

Other courses you can take: Building Rotary's Public Image; The Rotary brand; Promoting Your Club as People of Action; Our Logo: Representing Rotary; Public Relations and Your Club

Past Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and RI Board of Directors - Decision on CONSISTENT BRAND MESSAGING

Nearly a decade ago, while I was the chair of the Strengthen Rotary’s Brand Committee, we conducted in-depth research to better understand how the public viewed Rotary, our members, and our work. What we learned was that we needed to reposition the Rotary brand by focusing on clear, consistent messages and a unified visual identity. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Board of Directors approved new brand guidelines, which included how clubs should use the Rotary logo.......

Do You Think Your Club Has a Web Presence ? Can YOU Answer These Questions ?

Check out the link and truthfully answer the questions on your club's web presence.

Then put together a plan to increase your club's web presence.

Check You Club's Public Image Checklist - How many Can you check off your club's list? 

Rotary’s public image is shaped by the actions of every member, from how we conduct ourselves in meetings to how we represent Rotary at events and respond to needs in our communities. The club public image committee’s role is to create and implement a plan to tell Rotary’s local story, promote the club’s activities in the area, and raise awareness of Rotary’s work around the world. This list will help you assess how well your committee is shaping Rotary’s image.

Check the Club Public Image Checklist. See how many checks you have accomplished , and start working on the rest of the checks.   Here is the checklist. 

Heads Up on Altering the Rotary Logo - Some Do's and Dont's 

I have  noticed that some Rotary Clubs in our District are altering the Rotary logo for use in the marketing and promotion of their various events and projects.

This sends the wrong signal to the public. Many do not know who we are now and with different “looks” to our logo just makes it worse. Please use the Rotary Voice and Visual Guidelines  ( see : ) and USE ONLY THE ONE ROTARY LOGO in your marketing and public relations initiatives. That would include your website , all social media sites and any signs you may have created.  We continue to strive for One clear consistent look and message in all that we do, to ensure that everyone knows our “Rotary” message.....

Tag Rotary District 7070 in ALL of Your Club's appropriate social media posts - And Share RI and our District 7070 posts on your Club's Social Media

Calling all District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs! Increase your club’s visibility. Tag us (Rotary District 7070 accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Intragram) in all of your appropriate social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) so we can share your news and events. We have lots of followers who would like to see your posts! Take a look at our three District accounts.

District Social Media Tags:
Facebook: @rotary7070
Instagram: @rotaryd7070
Twitter: @rotary7070

Follow all Rotary International and Rotary District 7070 social media accounts and be sure to turn on notifications. This way, you won’t miss a post. And follow all Rotary District 7070 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts and share them on your social media pages.  There is more....

Want to Boost  Your Club's Positive Public Image?  - The Rotary Public Image Committee Is Here to Help - JUST ASK

In the Summer of 2020, we asked Rob MacArthur, our District 7070 Public Image Public Investigator to carry out an investigation on all 55 Rotary clubs with respect to their club's Public Image.  Rob looked at your club's basic web site setup as well as social media channels and the way they were being used. A spreadsheet of the results was made available for our District Leadership Team and Assistant Governors to look at in the Fall of 2020. The Pie Chart included shows a graphical representation of the results.  Where do you "think" your club fits in this chart? What is the Image that the public have, about your club? Here is what Rob found out... Please Read more....

Attention Rotarians and Rotaractors: Come Join Our Public Image Committee - Help our Rotary & Rotaract Clubs Boost Their Public Image

Our District 7070 Public Image Committee is calling for YOU  (Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District)  to join our District Public Image Committee.  Our scope is to boost Rotary's Public Image and to assist Rotary Clubs in D7070 to do the same.

We are looking for YOU, Rotaractors and Rotarians who have experience in the field of Public Relations, Social Media platforms, and news writing. We want you to use those very special talents to assist clubs and our Committee . Are you that Rotarian?  Are you that Rotaractor? Are you interested ? Please contact Dave Andrews at and we can set up a time to chat about your interests.

Be sure to see the Public Image menu tab on our District Website and check out our District Facebook Page , Twitter account and Instagram account and the District Newsletters too, for some idea of what we do. 




REACH OUT  And Connect Your Club With Other Rotary Clubs in Our District RIGHT HERE IN THIS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Do you have events or fundraisers that you want other clubs to know about?  Perhaps a project with which you need their assistance?  Here are just three ways you can get your event, your message , a story about your club, or your "ask for help" out to your neighbouring Rotary Clubs, RIGHT HERE IN THIS NEWSLETTER:........

Global Medic and 4 Rotary District 7070 Clubs Donate Food to Feed The Need In Durham 

On Saturday September 9, 2023 at the Uxbridge Community Centre, volunteers from Global medic and memebrs from the Rotary Clubs of Uxbridge, Newmarket, Pickering and Whitby-Sunrise packed food (4,000 pounds of red and green lentils) that is being delivered to Feed The Need in Durham. Thank you to everyone.


Read more and see some of the photos...

Dr Richard Besdine at Rotary Club of Scarborough Oct 31 - YOU Are Invited - "Fit at 50, Sexy at 70, Nimble at 90: An Agenda in Prevention"


The topic: Fit at 50, Sexy at 70, Nimble at 90: An Agenda in Prevention - October 31, 2023 at 12:00 noon

  Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 838 0207 2283  Passcode: 239284

Here is a note from Nevine Yassa, President of the Rotary Club of Scarborough:

Mark your calendar for October 31st! I would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on this date and be part of an enlightening session featuring Dr. Besdine, a renowned authority in the field of longevity. Dr. Besdine has not only served on the Harvard Medical School faculty but also played a pivotal role in founding Harvard's Division on Aging. With a remarkable 55-year legacy, he pioneered one of the initial geriatrics programs in the United States at Harvard Medical School. This is an exceptional opportunity that you won't want to miss—an opportunity to be captivated by an engaging presentation......

2023 Concert for Feed The Need in Durham - Hosted by the Rotary Clubs in Durham Region  - Dec 10, 2023 - TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE - SPONSORS STILL WELCOME

Fifth Annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham : PLEASE NOTE DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: TO   At 2 pm on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023, musicians from across the Durham Region will be gathering at The BILTMORE THEATRE  39 King St E, Oshawa, ON L1H 1B2 to help feed their neighbours in the fifth annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham. As in past years, the event will showcase an award-winning line-up of performers from a cross-section of genres – pop, country, R&B, gospel, folk, classical and more.

YOUR ARE INVITED. The event’s scope has grown over the years, becoming a Durham-wide Rotary event, with the Rotary clubs in the Region so far joining as co-presenters. All net proceeds from the show will go to Feed the Need in Durham – and the need has never been greater. The agency collects and distributes food and other essential items to more than 60 emergency food providers across Durham, including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs and other social service agencies.  Save the date: Dec 10, 2032 .  TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ......  BECOME A SPONSOR.....  Please Read more....



How to Get Your Club's Rotary Citation In  2023-24

The Rotary Citation awards recognize the hard work clubs do throughout the year. Taking action toward achieving the citation goals helps clubs engage their members, stay relevant in their communities, and run more efficiently. A welcoming and engaging club also reflects the values of Rotary. When clubs achieve citation goals, they contribute to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come. Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community. 

Here's how.......

Shifting Service Projects from Rotary Club Central to Rotary Showcase

From Victoria Ruger, Club and District Management Product Manager and Chonticha Yurai, Grants and Service Product Manager

You all know the benefits of using Rotary Club Central, which is designed to be the place where you set our goals and track your progress.

Rotary Showcase, however, is the best place for you to plan your service projects, share the outcomes, and show the impact in ways that can attract more partners or inspire other clubs.In the coming months, both online tools will be updated. This includes phasing out the Service Activities section in Rotary Club Central — a change that will simplify how you track projects and allow you to focus your efforts in one place.......

Does Your Club Have a Plan Beyond Tomorrow? -  Here's How - It's A New Club Visioning Model - Creating A Plan For The Future

As we are returning step by step to a more normal life, after COVID, it is now time to also look at the plans for the future for YOUR CLUB.  Club Visioning offers a process to develop an Action Plan for the Club.  Each member of the Club is invited to participate, and the session can be either on-line or in person.  Interested?  Please, contact Lars Henriksson at to find out more about the Club Visioning program.

Rotary Clubs, like most other organizations, will benefit from having a plan for the next couple of years.  What are YOUR goals?  What do you want YOUR Club to be like - two or three years down the road? 

Strategic planning consists more or less of these three steps. 

  • A description of where you are now, the Club’s status. 

  • As a group, you and your club members decide what and where you want to be in two, three years. 

  • By developing an Action Plan, you and your club members map out how to reach your goals. 

Please Read more ........

Do YOU Have Questions for the District 7070 Technology Team ? - All You Have to do is ASK

This is to introduce the District 7070 Technology team. Let's meet our team members. We are a team that can provide answers to any of your queries about MY ROTARY, CLUBRUNNER, ZOOM, and social media.

If you have any questions or problems that we can help with please contact me.

If your club would like any training in these areas, also please let us know. We recognize that these software programs are a great help and want you to get the most out of them.......

Please Use Our Refreshed Rotary District 7070 Website As a Source of Materials, Stories and Photos to Share on Your Club Website

We now have a new and refreshed District 7070 Website. Be sure to take a look at the change over the next short period of time. Be sure to register for your club's website refresh too.  In the meantime, check out the resources and articles available to you today.  Use them on your club website, and as posts in your social media accounts.

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

Have you checked out the up-to-the-minute scrolling stories that you can share with your members and post on to your club website and social media pages? Have you checked out the new concise menu tabs? Have you seen all of the links at the bottom of the page?  There's more good news here... Please Read more.....

 Rotary Zone 28 & 32 Website -  Another Great Source  of Rotary News, Events & Connections  - Use Them on Your Website and in Your Club Social Media

Rotary International Zones 28 & 32 (formerly Zones 24 & 32) is a community of Rotarians, spanning two languages, four countries and seven time zones: Bermuda, Canada, France and the United States. It is you and me.

The Zone Website is filled with news from around the Rotary world, and even in our own backyard. Please take a look at the Zone website and you will find monthly Beyond Borders Newsletters,  letters from our Rotary leaders, dates and sites of our Rotary Zone Conferences which you can attend, Rotary events in our own backyard, Resources on membership, The Rotary Foundation and Public Image, and a section called Great Ideas To Share (Best Practices you can use and share with your members), membership webinars , and up to the minute news and download files. Enjoy.

Please Use the Clubrunner  App To CONNECT with All Rotarians in District 7070 - Here's How 

What's Larry's Email Address?

 It was a rainy day when I got the call.  

 He needed to know, right away,

 "What's his email" he did say. 

  Holding my cell I wanted to yell, please, please, give me the spell,

 The magic we found, by bringing it down

 Gave way to new sight: email addresses, events, phone numbers....ah.....the light!

With rushing to cheer, the awakening is here! 

Downloading the Clubrunner app, all with a fingertip,  it was a snap,

Your club members detail will be very clear, your district executives have no fear.

You'll find what you wish,  there'll be no need to fish.  It's smart on your cell, just do it....time will tell. Read more.....

Upcoming Events
DG visit to Port Perry
Nov 01, 2023
District 7070 Annual General Meeting
Nov 06, 2023 7:00 PM
Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) PART III session 1
Nov 08, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Shake it Up! - Innovation for your Rotary Club!
Nov 08, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Home Tour
Map of homes provided in ticket/passport
Nov 12, 2023
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DG visit to Port Hope
Nov 13, 2023
Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) PART III session 2
Nov 15, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Visit to Willowdale North York
Nov 16, 2023
Rotary Foundation Workshop
Oshawa & District Shrine Club
Nov 18, 2023
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
DLT Meeting
Nov 20, 2023 6:00 PM
Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) PART III session 3
Nov 22, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Visit to Oshawa & Oshawa-Parkwood
Wendel Clark's Restaurant
Nov 27, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Concert for Feed The Need in Durham
The Biltmore Theatre
Dec 10, 2023
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
AG Meeting
Dec 11, 2023 6:00 PM
DLT Meeting
Dec 18, 2023 6:00 PM
President's Meeting
Jan 08, 2024 6:00 PM
Learning Tuesday Public Image Workshop
Jan 16, 2024
DLT Meeting
Jan 22, 2024 6:00 PM
AG Meeting
Feb 12, 2024 6:00 PM
Learning Tuesday Membership Workshop
Feb 20, 2024
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